Linear to Host Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developer's Forum

Developers and OEM manufacturers will gather at Linear's Carlsbad headquarters for a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series chip platform as well as networking and training sessions geared at helping them get products to market faster and more efficiently.

Carlsbad, CA - November 7, 2013 - Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, will host the Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developers Forum session at their Carlsbad, CA headquarters on November 12-14, 2013. The Developer's Forum & Unplug Fest is a three-day technical event with trainings, networking and a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. Linear is a Principal Member of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world's largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services.

Linear's offices are an ideal location for the forum because, with 2GIG, they are the largest user of Z-Wave products in the world according to Z-Wave chip maker Sigma Designs. A recent expansion to a second office in Carlsbad also equipped Linear with new facilities to support the technical and training needs of members bringing new products to test with other vendor's equipment. In recent years, Unplug Fest has helped spread the latest information on Z-Wave protocol and platform extensions while providing a learning opportunity, both personally and professionally, for all engineers participating.

The three-day event kicks off with two days of technical sessions where attendees will get a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. The new product portfolio enables Z-Wave manufacturers and smart home service providers to bring new products to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory. Forum attendees will also learn about Z-Wave Plus certification, programming and testing as well as development tips and tricks.

"As the world's largest user of Z-Wave products and one of the Alliance's Principle Members, we're eager to have so many Z-Wave engineers and developers together at once sharing knowledge and collaborating on exciting new home control technologies," said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear. "The progress made during this event will be a glimpse into the future of home control."

Admittance to the Developer's Forum & Unplug Fest is open exclusively to technical personnel from registered Z-Wave Alliance Principal and Full Members for a participation fee of $125 per attendee. The plenary breakfast, working groups, and cocktail reception are open to all members and are free-of-charge to attend. A complete event agenda is included on the Z-Wave Alliance website, registration for the event is now open.

For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, please visit The Z-Wave Alliance can also be found on Facebook.

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About Linear LLC
For over 50 years, Linear LLC has been an innovator in the security market. Linear's legacy includes the early application of passive infrared detection and radio frequency (RF) transmission, technologies that revolutionized the wireless security and access control industries. Today, Linear delivers class-leading wired and wireless products into a variety of markets serving the access control, security and home technology needs of its customers. Linear continues to expand its product and engineering prowess, leveraging the knowledge gained from strategic acquisitions and custom product development which will help lead the company into the next 50 years. To learn more, visit

Linear LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit for more information.

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